California Fun Part One: “Scuff”

We had gotten ourselves together in the airport fairly early…the whole “No Liquids or Gels” thing had already gone into effect, and subsequently had been slightly relaxed from its original severity…as usual, we got to the airport with plenty of time for security inspections and such, and, as usual, we sat at the gate for a few hours before actually leaving…this gave me plenty of time to read Tom Reynolds’ “I Hate Myself And Want To Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard” (highly recommended)…once we finally got onto the plane, it turned out that it would be a while before we actually took off…no real explanation was given, so we were left to sit, reading through the SkyMall catalog over and over, wondering who the hell buys the crap offered…

Five hours later, we were three hours ago, if that makes any sense…we would be in Anaheim from Tuesday until Monday (yesterday), and we got 4-day Park Hopper passes for Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure…our first day in the park would be Wednesday, since we got to Anaheim too late for us to make the day worth the price…We did, however, take in some shopping at the Downtown Disney district…We went to the World Of Disney store, Starabilias (which specializes in overpriced autographed everything from everyone you’ve ever heard of), and a few others…during our time there, I saw a girl wearing a Dead Man’s Party shirt, a harbinger of the dead-related antics that the weekend would bring (but more on that later)…

Wednesday was the day I had been waiting on for a long time…My first day in Disneyland since last August…I went on most of the rides I wanted to go on during the first day, since lines weren’t too long, and remember, the place isn’t very big…the one thing that we noticed immediately was the line for Pirates of the Caribbean…during my past two visits toDisneyland, and my six trips to Walt Disney World, ‘Pirates’ has never had a long line, if it had a line at all…for some reason, the average Disney park-goer was not as interested in seeing one of the most complex and detailed attractions this side of the Haunted Mansion…Even after the release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl”, few people added the ride to their “Gotta See It” lists, due in part to the fact that, even though the ride is the basis for the movie, none of the major scenes and absolutely none of the characters from the movie appear in the attraction…in retrospect, this was a good thing for Disney to do when making the “Pirates”movie, since any more references to the ride might take away from the plot, and would also be lost on the audiences full of people who either have never been on the ride, or just never paid close attention (i.e. pretty much everyone except for me, my parents, and an assortment of Imagineers and Culties)…Just before the release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, the ‘Pirates’ attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney World were closed for refurbishments…the outcomes for both attractions were the additions of Audio-Animatronics figures of Captain Barbosa, Captain Jack Sparrow, some new dialogue for the unchanged figures, a new soundtrack in the vain of the films’ scores, and, most impressively, a ‘waterfall’ effect with the image of Davy Jones replacing the “ghostly voices”…what does all of this mean?…well, it means that everyone who was expecting the ride to reflect the movie after they saw the first film was now rewarded with a ride that actually did reflect the movie, which in turn meant wait times up to 40 minutes long…the whole thing was decidedly unfair to those who had been enjoying the attraction long before Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom ever answered the casting call (presumably sent in the form of “Sing A Song Of Sixpence”)…I mentioned to others that there should be a separate queue line for those of us who were loyal to the attraction before the movies and subsequent additions to the rides…perhaps Cast Members could ask the Guests, “Can you recite more than ten minutes of dialogue from the ‘Pirates’ attraction?…Yes?…then, right this way.”…

I’ll leave you all with that to consume with your minds, and I’ll write more later tonight, or maybe tomorrow…


Lyric of the Time:
You don’t have to answer me
You don’t have to call me back
You’re phone’s off the hook, but you’re not


~ by E. on August 22, 2006.

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